Emma Raducanu Details What Her Parents ‘Didn’t Like’ About Her When She Was Younger

Published 09/30/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Sep 9, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates after her match against Maria Sakkari of Greece (not pictured) on day eleven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


With a big bright smile, 18-year-old Emma Raducanu came and conquered the US Open 2021 title. Before her, no player in tennis history had won a Grand Slam as a qualifier, but Raducanu did it without losing a set or her focus. Naturally, the world labeled it as a New York fairytale. But for the teenager, it was the only way she knew how to play the sport.

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Interestingly, Raducanu opened up on how she copes up with pressure in big matches. While her theory is to go at it point by point, her calm mindset comes from her parents.

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Emma Raducanu on coping with pressure

On her way to the US Open trophy, Raducanu outclassed many big names on the WTA Tour. And when many doubted her, she only rose to the challenge and proved them all wrong. However, the teenager was not so composed on the court from the beginning.

“When I was younger, I would get quite upset and emotional on the court, and I got that knocked out of me pretty quickly,” Raducanu told the Guardian.

Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets US Open Champion Emma Raducanu at the LTA Centre in Roehampton, London, Britain, September 24, 2021. Jeremy Selwyn/Pool via REUTERS

Additionally, the US Open champion explained how her parents helped her keep her emotions at bay. “My parents didn’t like that, so from a young age, I’ve just had this mindset and stayed very calm,” Raducanu added.

Considering her three relentless weeks in New York, she seems destined for big things. And given her uncharacteristic composure for an 18-year-old, she doesn’t seem likely to be fazed by her stardom. 

Is Raducanu playing at the WTA 1000 Indian Wells tournament?

Fortunately for us fans, Raducanu has not hit the brakes after her historic US Open win. Which means that she will be contesting in the desert for the Indian Wells trophy.

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Sep 11, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Emma Raducanu of Great Britain reacts after winning the first set against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final on day thirteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Without a doubt, the top players will come with all their might against her. Not to forget the pressure of playing a tournament as a Grand Slam champion.

Thus, Indian Wells will be the perfect test for the teenager’s temperament after New York. But from her point of view, she is only looking for more experience on the Tour. 

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Do you think Raducanu will do well in Indian Wells or win a Grand Slam next year? What’s for certain is all eyes will be on her.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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